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Peter King: No hint of turmoil at Donald Trump fundraiser

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump waves to supporters

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump waves to supporters after speaking at a private fundraiser in St. James on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. Credit: Johnny Milano

The turmoil of the past week inside Donald Trump’s campaign wasn’t evident at a million-dollar fundraiser in Nissequogue Thursday night, said Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford).

“If you were or I had been dropped in from outer space, it was another campaign event,” King said Friday. “You would not be aware there was any stress during the event.”

King said Trump spoke for 10 minutes to a group of 20 contributors, including King’s daughter Hempstead Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, Suffolk GOP chairman John Jay LaValle and Carolyn and Steve Louro, the couple who hosted the event at their Nissequogue home.

“He said he’s getting good crowds — which has to mean something — the largest crowds, and he’s turning people away,” King said.

Trump “didn’t mention anything at all about things not going well, or poll numbers,” King said.

Trump came under fire from Republicans last week for his criticism of the parents of a Muslim Army captain killed in Iraq. National polls released last week showed Trump behind Democrat Hillary Clinton in critical swing states.

Trump, after speaking with the small group, addressed the crowd of several hundred beneath a large white tent on the Louro estate, with Long Island Sound behind him.

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